Did you know that drop ceilings are both functional and affordable? However, they aren’t popular because they prove to be a less than attractive option. To add some style and character while taking advantage of a drop ceiling’s benefits, consider metal ceiling tiles as an alternative.
Today, we will talk about installing metal ceiling tiles in drop ceilings and what products are needed to achieve this look.
Benefits of Metal Tile Drop Ceilings
Metal ceilings have many advantages over other ceiling types. They are strong, less prone to damage, provide easy access to the ceiling void, help with acoustics, and allow you to achieve a more stylish appearance.
Drop ceilings of the past didn’t offer much in the way of variety or style. They were usually looked at as being boring, mundane, and unassuming. They simply weren’t an attractive option people were scrambling to get. However, drop ceilings of today now come in a variety of different styles and colors.
What is their biggest advantage? They are super easy to install. All you need is a few hours of time or a weekend and the right tools, and you are well on your way to reaping the benefits of a metal tile drop ceiling.
What are Metal Tile Drop Ceilings?
Still not sure what we are talking about? A drop ceiling is simply a secondary surface hanging between one and four feet that is below the main ceiling. This secondary ceiling or drop ceiling can be used to hide wires, HVAC equipment and plumbing through your home or business.
It also provides you with a lower ceiling height in the space, which can ultimately reduce heating and cooling costs while boosting air circulation.
You will also find that the labor cost and material cost for a metal drop ceiling are also far less than that of a traditional drywall ceiling.
To install metal ceiling tiles on your drop ceiling, you only need a few tools that you can typically find around the home (more on this below). Then you just need a little time and know-how.
First, determine what type of ceiling grid you will be working with and determine the type of drop ceiling system you have. If you want an easy to install system that doesn’t require the use of plywood substrate or furring strips, then consider a snap grid ceiling system. With this system, the metal tiles simply snap into the openings.
The suspended or drop ceiling is installed a few inches below the actual ceiling, and the grid system is the first step in the process.
You also need to take measurements. The ceiling dimensions will be covered with your metal ceiling tiles, so you want to make sure you measure and purchase the right size tiles. You also want to take into consideration where any light sources are located.
Since the ceiling is often identical to the floor, you can choose to measure the floor space instead of getting up on a ladder and taking measurements of the ceiling.
You also need to choose drop-in tin tiles or deep drop in tin tiles for your suspended ceiling. Deep drop-in tiles are available in 24 x 24 inches sizes and can be finished or unfinished with the choice of over 30 different patterns. You can also choose from 60 colors and hand-faux finishes.
Deep drop-in tin tiles offer a more three-dimensional look and even somewhat conceal the grid system.
What You Will Need
When it comes time to install your metal tile drop ceiling, there are several things you will want to have on hand to make the installation process quick and easy. These items include:
- A good pair of gloves to protect your hands
- Your chosen metal ceiling tiles
- A sharp knife
- Tin snips
- Drill that has an eye bolt driver
Before you get started, make sure you have everything you need to make the process quick and easy. With the right tools and the right system, you can have your new metal tile drop ceiling installed in just a weekend, so you can sit back and enjoy your hard work and the style a metal ceiling brings to the space.